Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.

Church advocacy on Proposal 3 is legal, experts say

By: and - November 6, 2022

While voters might be surprised to see lawn signs for and against Proposal 3 outside churches across the state, experts say they are completely legal. Proposal 3 seeks to amend the state Constitution to ensure Michiganders’ right to make and carry out decisions relating to pregnancy, including abortion, birth control, prenatal care and childbirth.  The […]

Dixon continues attack on Whitmer education during Clinton Twp. rally

By: - November 5, 2022

GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon carried out her third campaign rally of the day on Friday in Clinton Township, where she continued her attack on Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s education record.  Dixon pledged, if elected, she would offer more tutoring services for K-12 public schools students.   “It is crucial that we get our kids back […]

Michigan AAPI leader says ‘racist’ mailer is a ‘desperate attempt to deceive our families’ 

By: - November 4, 2022

Rising Voices, a nonprofit coalition of grassroots community organizations that works to mobilize Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters, said on Thursday that Asian-American households across the have been receiving “deceitful, racist, hateful mailers” aimed at suppressing voter turnout.  The right-wing ads, which have popped up across the country, attack President Joe Biden and […]

GOP sees an opening to win over the Arab and Chaldean American vote

By: - November 4, 2022

Michigan has the second-largest Arab American population in the nation with 221,631 residents as of 2019. In midterm elections defined by hot-button issues like book bans and reproductive rights, this could prove to be a key voting bloc. Many Arab American and Chaldean American residents live in metro Detroit. Last year, Dearborn elected its first […]

As Democrats make a push for the Michigan AAPI vote, some wonder where the GOP is

By: - November 2, 2022

During the final days of the 2022 general election cycle, APIAVote-Michigan Executive Director Rebeka Islam said the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) has reached out to the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community to assist in voter turnout.  “[Republicans] have not,” Islam told the Advance in an interview last week.  APIAVote-Michigan provides voter support through voter […]

Dixon: Whitmer makes a ‘mockery’ of the book banning issue

By: - October 31, 2022

During the second of a two-day set of campaign rallies, former U.S. Rep.Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii told a Dearborn crowd that GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon is the best candidate to lead the state.  “[Dixon] is fighting for every single one of you,” said Gabbard who also appeared with Dixon at other events in Detroit, […]

Growing Latino community looks to increase vote share, political power in Michigan

By: - October 31, 2022

As Michigan’s Latino population grows, Asa Zuccaro said the state’s leading political parties should strengthen their efforts to attract Latino voters. “It seems like the efforts by our country to ensure that people are practicing our civic duty if this is our right and our responsibility as citizens of this country. I feel like there […]

‘Our safety, our health, our freedom’ is on the ballot, African American leaders say

By: - October 22, 2022

With the Nov. 8 election approaching, top issues emerging for African-American voters are voting rights; rising crime rates; access to health care; gas, food and rent costs; and jobs.  These issues were lifted up during a get-out-the-vote rally in Highland Park in metro Detroit on Oct. 11.  “While voting is always an exercise in using […]

Whitmer, Dixon tout education, economic platforms at Detroit business forum

By: - October 21, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon on Friday offered their ideas on increasing K-12 student achievement, expanding workforce development, bringing more businesses to Michigan and creating more small business growth.  The candidates, who will face off on Nov. 8, did separate Detroit Economic Club interviews at the Motor City Casino in Detroit. […]

Detroit Will Breathe claims victory in suit against city of Detroit

By: - October 14, 2022

A Detroit-based Black Lives Matter organization that formed in the wake of George Floyd’s Minneapolis police killing in 2020 has claimed victory in its federal lawsuit against the city of Detroit. Detroit Will Breathe (DWB) and others sued the city over their treatment during protests two years ago. DWB led dozens of demonstrators after the […]

Whitmer signs bipartisan bill establishing college scholarship program

By: - October 11, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed bipartisan legislation establishing the Michigan Achievement Scholarship at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. The measure is designed to lower the cost of college by thousands of dollars a year for the vast majority of high school graduates. The Democrat also joined the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity […]

State historical marker serves a reminder of Detroit’s segregationist past

By: - October 11, 2022

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, city of Detroit historian Jamon Jordan, longtime resident Teresa Moon and others helped on Monday dedicate the “Birwood Wall” Michigan Historical Marker at Alfonso Wells Park in Detroit. “The wall is a reminder of institutionalized racial segregation in the United States,” the marker reads. In 1941, a white real estate developer […]